Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast (prepare him room)
Prepare Him Room: Week 4, December 25, 2016
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A classroom of children was busy.  Each child was drawing a picture.  The teacher went from desk to desk admiring each drawing and encouraging each child.  She came to one boy’s desk and studied his artwork.  “What are you drawing, Johnny?”  He answered, “God.”  The teacher chuckled and said, “Why Johnny, no one knows what God looks like.”  Without looking up Johnny said with conviction, “They will when I am finished.”


I want to say something daring—I believe that you will know what God is like after you hear this morning’s message.  The reason that I can say that is that the scripture that we are going to read this morning (beginning in John 1:1) presents God in “high-def.”


Our prayer is that, having seen Him for who He truly is, you will receive Him—you will prepare Him room.


  1. Jesus is revealed

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . .  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1 and 14).


  1. In his divinity
  2. In his humanity
  3. Jesus is rejected

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him (John 1:11).


  1. Ownershipis stated
  2. Opportunityis squandered
  3. Jesus is received

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).


  1. Believein him
  2. Becomelike him
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Prepare Him Room: Week 2, December 11, 2016

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“The Night All Heaven Broke Loose”

Luke 2:8-20


  1. Because of an announcement

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).


  1. It prompted fear
  2. It promised favor
  1. Because of an assurance

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger (Luke 2:15-16).


  1. Faith generated a response
  2. Faith gained a reward
  1. Because of actions

And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. . . . 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them (Luke 2:17 and 20).


  1. They communicated the good news
  2. They celebrated the good news
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Prepare Him Room:  Week 1, December 4, 2016

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Luke 2:1-7


  1. Sovereign orchestration

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town (Luke 2:1-3).


  1. Prophecy foretold
  2. Prophecy fulfilled
  1. Simple obedience

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth (Luke 2:4-6).


  1. A high calling
  2. A high cost
  1. Squandered opportunity

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:7).


  1. Because of busyness
  2. Because of blindness
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